Discovering microbes degrading recalcitrant nanomaterials - a novel toolbox to turn metagenomics into metaphenomics (DISCOVER-ME) (DISCOVER-ME)

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Funder's project number: 323063

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  • 499 432,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2019

Project end date: 31/08/2023


To discover and isolate relevant microplastic and carbon nanomaterial degrading microbes, we will combine two already established and two novel molecular approaches. The methods utilize radioisotope and stable isotope labeling, stable isotope mass spectrometry, and Raman spectroscopy. To allow a new Raman single-cell sorting facility in Jyväskylä (RACS Jyväskylä) to serve Nordic countries, we collaborate with an Austrian group, which have pioneered in the development of the method. Sources for searching new xenodegraders include boreal environments naturally harboring aromatic humic substances, as well as wastewater treatment processes, where sludge recycling should enrich biodegraders. The study aims to develop isotope tools to study the environmental fate of microplastics and carbon nanomaterials, and to enable innovative practices for enhancing their biodegradation in waste and wastewater treatment processes.

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